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Player Spotlight: Ladarius Green

A detailed look at Ladarius Green's fantasy prospects for 2016

Note: Green's current injury situation is unclear. He's disputed reports of recurring post-concussion headaches, but remains on the Steelers' PUP list with an ankle injury.


 

As a Player

Well, as a player, he’s just tantalizing, to the point of sheer fantasy torment. Green isn’t the first ultra-athletic TE/WR hybrid to gain a rabid fan base – he’s roughly the 4,761st – but he’s the crown-carrier of the last half-decade. He’s blessed with supreme athleticism in virtually every aspect: dominant size, a height-adjusted speed score in the 92nd percentile, and a catch radius that compares with anyone more human than Jimmy Graham. And all of that has shown up in Green’s playmaking ability. As a pro, 19 of his 77 career catches have covered 20+ yards despite his being thrown to mostly near the line of scrimmage, and his 9.1% touchdown rate is on a par with some of the league’s top-scoring tight ends.

It’s fair to say that Green’s efficiency has waned, but it’s also teetered on the brink of star quality. It’s indeed concerning that his yardage per target dipped markedly in 2015, his first year of solid usage. Green dazzled in extremely limited time over his first two seasons, but as his snap count increased, he failed to find a more extensive role in the Chargers passing game. The team simply looked to other options – primarily Antonio Gates, but also their slot wideouts – in lieu of Green.

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